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Today's News

  • Galax group's petition backs Medicaid expansion

    A petition in favor of expanding Medicaid coverage for 191,000 poor and disabled Virginians will be delivered Thursday by Galax residents to Del. Jeffrey Campbell.
    The petition is signed by 22 people. It was created on MoveOn’s petition site and takes the position that expanding Medicaid will help create 30,000 new jobs and save Virginia taxpayers billions of dollars per year.

  • Fifty people treated after Va. Produce incident

    HILLSVILLE — Despite Virginia Department of Emergency Management and hazardous materials team members monitoring the air in Virginia Produce on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, emergency officials say they still do not know a cause for the incident that sickened more than 50 workers there.
    While early reports called the incident at the Carroll County Industrial Park facility possible carbon monoxide poisoning, that has not been confirmed.

  • Smith’s big fly leads Cavaliers past Maroon Tide

    Carroll County used one big inning and three little ones to post an 8-1 win over Galax in a nondistrict softball game Monday at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers (2-0) led 1-0 when they took command with a five-run uprising in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Eustacia Smith’s three-run home run. Eden Durnil had doubled to drive in Gracie Davidson and Kayla Walker scored on an error before Smith stepped in and clubbed a liner over the left field fence for a 6-1 Carroll County lead.

  • Galax rolls in Carroll opener

    Thanks to a quirky schedule and plain ole March weather, it has taken Carroll County five weeks to get its baseball season started. The Cavaliers are still waiting to get going.

    Galax rode a strong pitching effort from Jacob Stuart and took advantage of a string of Carroll County breakdowns Monday to register a 9-4 win in a nondistrict game at Felts Park.

  • Helmick running for city council seat

    Ches Helmick has put his name in the hat for this year’s Galax City Council election on May 6.
    He is the only political newcomer in a field of five candidates for a spot among four available seats. All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

  • Adkins to seek seat in Senate

    MARTINSVILLE — Current Martinsville mayor, Kim Adkins, will not seek reelection for local office in order to make a bid for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat for the 20th District, which includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Slinging mud for a good cause

    INDEPENDENCE — Slinging mud is often a feature of government meetings, but earlier this month it had a more positive spin.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a special use permit for a mud bog festival to be held on the farm of James Carico near Fries on Mothers Day weekend, May 9-11.

  • No jail time for driver in I-77 fatality

    HILLSVILLE — Jesse John Tang of Rural Hall, N.C., pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in Carroll County Circuit Court on March 27, in connection with a road fatality on I-77 last year that claimed the life of tow truck operator Russell Nelson.
    Nelson was the former owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville.

  • Twin County Airport dedicates new terminal

    HILLSVILLE — The governor’s King Air turbo prop, which ferried several Virginia Department of Aviation officials to the Twin County Airport’s terminal dedication Thursday, sat at the region’s “front door.”
    Local, state and federal officials all found that new front door to the community impressive — and they believe that business and industry leaders will think so, too.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/31/14

    Get it straight
    I think people need to know what they are talking about and getting their facts straight before they start slandering somebody. If they can’t understand this, I will make it clearer for them.
    Editor’s note: So, the important lesson here is to make sure your slander is TRUE before you spread it around?

    Did no wrong